Media coverage about Willis Towers Watson (NASDAQ:WLTW) has been trending somewhat positive recently, according to Accern Sentiment. The research group identifies negative and positive media coverage by monitoring more than 20 million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Willis Towers Watson earned a media sentiment score of 0.01 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news headlines about the financial services provider an impact score of 46.2848281786382 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the next several days.

Here are some of the headlines that may have impacted Accern’s analysis:

Shares of Willis Towers Watson (NASDAQ:WLTW) traded up $0.71 during trading hours on Monday, hitting $154.60. The stock had a trading volume of 439,284 shares, compared to its average volume of 656,365. The company has a quick ratio of 1.97, a current ratio of 1.97 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.45. Willis Towers Watson has a 1-year low of $120.87 and a 1-year high of $165.00. The stock has a market cap of $20,760.00, a PE ratio of 45.88, a P/E/G ratio of 1.54 and a beta of 0.91.

Willis Towers Watson (NASDAQ:WLTW) last issued its earnings results on Thursday, November 2nd. The financial services provider reported $1.12 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $1.13 by ($0.01). Willis Towers Watson had a return on equity of 10.93% and a net margin of 4.43%. The firm had revenue of $1.82 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $1.84 billion. During the same quarter in the previous year, the firm posted $1.04 EPS. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was up 4.0% compared to the same quarter last year. research analysts expect that Willis Towers Watson will post 8.41 EPS for the current year.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Tuesday, January 16th. Stockholders of record on Sunday, December 31st were issued a dividend of $0.53 per share. This represents a $2.12 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.37%. The ex-dividend date was Thursday, December 28th. Willis Towers Watson’s payout ratio is currently 62.91%.

Several research analysts recently weighed in on WLTW shares. ValuEngine raised shares of Willis Towers Watson from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Thursday, November 9th. Robert W. Baird restated a “buy” rating and issued a $167.00 price target on shares of Willis Towers Watson in a report on Friday, November 3rd. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods restated a “buy” rating and issued a $164.00 price target on shares of Willis Towers Watson in a report on Thursday, October 12th. SunTrust Banks restated a “buy” rating and issued a $182.00 price target on shares of Willis Towers Watson in a report on Friday, October 6th. Finally, BidaskClub cut Willis Towers Watson from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Tuesday, October 31st. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, six have given a hold rating and ten have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $160.29.

In related news, CFO Michael J. Burwell purchased 3,100 shares of Willis Towers Watson stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, November 6th. The shares were purchased at an average cost of $160.10 per share, with a total value of $496,310.00. Following the transaction, the chief financial officer now owns 3,100 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $496,310. The purchase was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this link. Also, Director Jeffrey W. Ubben sold 320,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, November 9th. The shares were sold at an average price of $161.15, for a total value of $51,568,000.00. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. 6.70% of the stock is currently owned by insiders.

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Willis Towers Watson Company Profile

Willis Towers Watson Public Limited Company (Willis Towers Watson) is a holding company. The Company operates as a global advisory, broking and solutions company. It is engaged in offering risk management, insurance broking, consulting, technology and solutions, and private exchanges. The Company operates through eight segments: Willis International; Willis North America; Willis Capital, Wholesale & Reinsurance (CWR); Willis GB; Towers Watson Benefits; Towers Watson Exchange Solutions; Towers Watson Risk and Financial Services; and Towers Watson Talent and Rewards.

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